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Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Uniform - Delta

MSC-181 was built in The Netherlands

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 January 1955 as AMS-181 by Gusto v/h fa. F.A. Smulders - Schiedam, The Netherlands under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact and based on the design
    of the British "Ton" Class Coastal Minesweeper
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-181, 7 February 1955
  • Launched 24 March 1956
  • Completed 1 April 1956
  • Commissioned Drunen (M 818), 30 August 1956
  • Underwent Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) program from February 1968 to 1970
  • Recommissioned 3 December 1970 as a Minehunter
  • Placed out of service 19 April 1984
  • Scrapped 19 March 1987 at Amsterdam, Holland.


  • Displacement 417 t.
  • Length 149' 8"
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 33
    Wartime 38
  • Armament: Two 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 625shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-181 79k 24 March 1956
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-181 67k 30 August 1956
    MSC-181 30k
    MSC-181 6k .
    MSC-181 38k
    MSC-181 44k
    MSC-181 48k After undergoing FRAM
    MSC-181 55k 3 December 1970
    In service as Minehunter
    MSC-181 107k In service as Minehunter
    MSC-181 97k Passing under Tower Bridge, London, England. .
    MSC-181 55k .
    MSC-181 73k Alongside Veere (M 842), ex-MSC-188.
    MSC-181 53k Standing by to anchor Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-181 87k The Boatswain controling the anchor windlass
    MSC-181 68k Oostende, Belgium
    The Belgium MSO Dufour (M 903) is in the background
    MSC-181 55k
    MSC-181 49k Exercising on the 40mm Bofors
    MSC-181 91k Working on the Poisson Auto Propulseby to anchor

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-181
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